Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

You've Got Your Results - So What Now?

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

You've Got Your Results - So What Now?

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FOR many teenagers, GCSE results day is their first serious step towards the world of work.

It's not just the first time they'll receive genuinely important exam results, it also marks the point they begin to make decisions which could affect their future.

Should they take A-levels, or move towards a vocational course? Or can they start earning sooner? Alannah at South Here, we take a look at some of the advantages of the main routes on offer after GCSE.

Apprenticeships If you've had enough of school and want to move straight into work, an apprenticeship may well be the right route for you.

Although 16-year-olds are no longer allowed to leave education altogether an apprenticeship brings you into the world of work and, crucially, enables you to earn a wage (a minimum of PS3.90 an hour).

Thousands of firms offer them, from nurseries to media companies and engineering firms. It's not uncommon to be offered a job at the end of your term too (usually between one and five years) . It's important to also know that apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels.

An Intermediate Level 2 apprenticeship is for those who've just completed their GCSEs while an Advanced Level 3 position is equivalent to gaining A-Levels.

Anything higher than 4 is equivalent to a university course, be it a foundation, bachelor's or master's degree.

To apply you must be over 16 and not in full-time education.

To find an apprenticeship near you, visit College Chris Toon is deputy principal at Gateshead College, currently the top performing college in the country.

He says that while colleges used to be considered the "poor relation" to school sixth forms, they can now offer courses which are just as, if not more, prestigious. And with many colleges enjoying close links to industry and offering vocational courses, they may offer a good way to move into future employment. …

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